NEWS Proposed new college campus onMabgate

Leeds City College, part of Luminate Education Group, has submitted outline plans to deliver new education and sports facilities, as part of a proposed new college campus near the city centre on Mabgate, Leeds. The proposals include high-quality education facilities with supporting services, a sports complex, and a residential development. Located between Macaulay Street and Mabgate, the scheme would transform a currently derelict 275,957sq ft site, bringing investment and regeneration to the area whilst helping to provide much-needed community facilities. In response to significant growth over the last decade, Leeds City College

has invested in new and existing campuses to provide students with 'inspiring education facilities'. As demand for student places continues to grow, the college is looking to add the Mabgate campus to its portfolio of city centre facilities, which includes the recently opened Quarry Hill campus, located approximately five minutes’ walk from Mabgate. Designed by Leeds-based architecture practice Cartwright Pickard, the

proposed scheme remains in its early stages of development. An outline planning application, which establishes the principles of the project, has been submitted for approval to Leeds City Council. Whilst further project details will emerge in a future reserved matters application, the current proposals include plans to balance modern and innovative facilities with the industrial heritage of the area. For example, the existing Victorian-era brick building, Studio 24, will be

retained and sensitively uplifted to be used as an entrance to the campus. The on-site sports complex, which will include a roof-top Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) and can be used for community purposes, would go some way to meeting the high demand for additional sports facilities at the college. The draft plans also include space for a residential block, which is flexibly designed to accommodate a wide variety of residential properties, helping to address the housing need in Leeds City Centre.


Education Partnership North East hosts ‘College of the Future’ roundtable discussion

The Independent Commission on The College of the Future held a virtual roundtable at Sunderland College attended by leading figures from across the North East. Launched in March 2019, the Commission aims to set out a new

vision for colleges in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and will produce a final report with clear recommendations to be published in Autumn 2020. Featuring prominent names and experts from industry, education, the media and the trade union movement, the Commission is supported by key organisations from across the Further Education and skills sector. Taking place via Zoom on Wednesday 26 August and chaired by

Education Partnership North East chief executive Ellen Thinnesen, the event looked at what is wanted and needed from colleges by 2030 and beyond, how this can be achieved and their vital role in the UK’s recovery and growth following the COVID-19 pandemic. The Commission gained a unique overview of the North East and the

needs of the region to inform their inquiry and the key role of further education and skills in its development. Roundtable attendees heard how Education Partnership North East’s group of colleges, which includes Hartlepool Sixth Form, Northumberland College and

Sunderland College is engaged in collaboration and long-term partnership building to provide high quality, learner focused qualifications to meet employers’ needs and fill industry skill gaps. Commissioner Professor Ewart Keep presented key themes and emerging recommendations from the Commission’s previous workshops and roundtables.

Professor Keep, who is and co-director of SKOPE at the University of Oxford, added: “Working with colleges and their stakeholders to develop our recommendations for the college of the future is critical. The discussion in collaboration with

Education Partnership North East on our emerging recommendations for England was a great opportunity to hear both the challenges and the many examples of good practice in the North East. “There is clearly a huge amount we can build on as we build the college of the future. Now, we are continuing to hold conversations with colleges and their

local stakeholders across the UK as we work towards launching our final report this autumn.”

6 September 2020

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